Jessica Schneidman

Jessica Schneidman

Reaching out to people of all backgrounds and all industries is at the top of Matthew Slaats’ agenda. “I find those relationships really fruitful. They bring new ideas and new concepts,” he said.

New executive director at The Bridge PAI eyes community crossover

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative spent the winter months like a hibernating brick beast. The gallery doors were often locked during business hours, and weeks passed with its walls bare and white. The gallery, meeting place, and event space Charlottesville residents have come to rely on for raucous revels, avant-garde film screenings, sonic experiments, and […]

Photo: Ian Nichols

Chicho Lorenzo: Art with a smile

“Chicho wears many hats here,” says BON’s proprietor John Noble, and there are certainly many hats to wear and jobs to do at the recently opened café, art gallery, and event venue in the Pink Warehouse. “Chicho does it all, from developing the space, coordinating featured artists, booking events, pursuing vendors…” What is most remarkable […]

Photo: Christian Hommel

Jim Rounsevell: If he builds it…

Jim Rounsevell is after architecture deeply rooted in place, built “for our time with what we have, with care, and with discipline.” His commitment to aesthetics, design, and a progressive future for our city can often lead him to be, admittedly, “that crazy, passionate person in any given city planning meeting.” Rounsevell graduated  with a […]

Photo by Emily White.

C’est si BON: Local café and art gallery changes its beat

Charlottesville’s newest event venue, café, and chill spot, BON, is kicking off its first month of business on the ground floor of the Pink Warehouse on South Street.  Though BON has existed as a drum shop and mecca for drum circle enthusiasts for almost five years, its reopening in May marked a recommitment to fostering […]

Charlottesville SOUP nurtures the soul of the creative community and gives one audience-selected artist a boost through crowd funding.
Photo courtesy of Charlottesville SOUP.

ARTS Picks: Charlottesville SOUP

Dig in to tasty, homemade fare, mingle with influential thinkers and makers from the local art scene, and help launch a new creative community project. Based on the successful Detroit Soup micro-granting dinner party model that was created by The Garage co-founder Kate Daughdrill, the first Charlottesville SOUP raised over $1,000 for the Textile Cooperative and turned away 200 hopeful […]

High-energy drummer Robert Jospé leads his band in a funk-filled tribute to ‘70s jazz greats at C’ville Coffee. Photo by Jen Fariello.

ARTS Picks: Robert Jospé and The Inner Rhythm Band

They may have missed National Jazz Month by a few days, but Robert Jospé and The Inner Rhythm Band continue the celebration of all things swinging and polyrhythmic in a rollicking tribute to Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and the best of ’70s rock/jazz fusion. Jospé, who teaches jazz drumming at UVA and is […]

Brooklyn’s Roosevelt Dime tour the nightclub and farm store circuit with a quirky collection of instruments and a clapping, stomping, soul-filled music show. Photo by Kate Reeder.

ARTS Picks: Roosevelt Dime and the Honey Dewdrops

Roosevelt Dime is a sonic steamboat ride from the neo-folk filled streets of Brooklyn to the rollicking Big Easy, with banjo, electric, and washtub basses, trumpet, and woodwind beats. The jovial assemblage comes to make merry—and will take no sitting down. Not as sticky sweet as the name The Honey Dewdrops suggests, Virginia-based musical couple […]

Cora Dance

ARTS Picks: Simplicity

In addition to flowering trees and early morning bird songs, spring is the time for a bounty of annual student concerts, exhibitions, and performances for the lucky public. PVCC’s spring dance concert, “Simplicity,” features original jazz, salsa, contemporary, and hip-hop choreography by students and faculty. It may be your only chance to catch a performance […]

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro has received accolades from a diverse group that includes Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the Queen of England. Photo by Danny Clinch.

ARTS Pick: Jake Shimabukuro

Eddie Vedder, tUnE-yArDs, and every nimble-fingered kid with a YouTube channel have ensured a full-on ukulele revival, but Honolulu-born Jake Shimabukuro is emerging from the pack a “technical hero.”

Tom Bloom, chair of the drama department at UVA, leads a tour of the new Ruth Caplin Theatre.

UVA’s innovative Ruth Caplin Theatre opens its doors tonight

The lobby of the new Ruth Caplin Theatre at UVA was still filled with hard hats yesterday as workers rushed to ready the state-of-the-art theater for its big debut performance of You Can’t Take it With You this evening. Tom Bloom, associate professor and chair of the UVA drama department, says that the unveiling will be both a “huge relief and […]

Light House Studio’s young filmmakers win bronze medal in international competition.

Better Than Baghdad: Light House Studio’s young filmmakers win World Medal

Students of local non-profit Light House Studio received high honors this week in competition against filmmakers of all ages, from more than 50 countries. Reid Hildebrand and classmates, writer Conor Kyle, sound and assistant cameraman Greg Nachmanovtich, and production assistants Elisha Courts and Mitz Germershausen won the Grand Jury’s Bronze World Medal at the New York Festivals International Television […]